Have you decided to start searching for a fur-ever friend to add to your household? Does the task seem daunting? With so many choices, which breed should you choose? The American Kennel Club, the United States top dog authority, recognizes 211 official dog breeds, and that doesn't include hybrids, designer dogs and mutts! Large, small, fuzzy coated, smooth coated, brown, black, white and so many more choices can make your head spin. And what about personality and suitability? Let’s narrow that selection down just a bit by listing the 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the U.S.
The Labrador Retriever has it all with friendliest, adaptability, and a good temperament to boot! This medium-sized furry friend can be taken anywhere, loves the outdoors and especially loves to swim! They are great with children as well. Just 21 inches tall and around 65 pounds, the Labrador Retriever can make any household fur-ific! No wonder they top the chart!
Coming in a close second, the German Shepherd is an amazing combination of friendliness, strength, beauty and brawn. This fur-ever friend would suit any household with its keen sense of sight and natural protective instincts. Kid-proof with his 27” at the shoulder size, this pup can weigh between 75 and 100 lbs. Consider this breed for sure!
The French Bulldog is not everyone’s idea of beauty, but this remarkable breed is a great companion dog with a small size suitable for apartment living. Weighing about 22 lbs, these compact dogs only reach about a foot tall, but their personality is giant sized! Very affectionate to people and their pup friends, look twice before you pass this breed by!
Known for their pushed-in style of facial features and their short little legs, the Bulldog is full of fun and charm! They kind of waddle as they walk, and they sometimes snore, but class is what makes this breed shine! Their average 50 lb weight can quickly get out of hand if you let them lounge around, a bulldog’s favorite pastime! A true couch companion!
Everyone loves Snoopy, which is why Beagles are #6. ‘Friendly’ is the nametag they should wear, and ‘cute’ is not far behind! With two sizes to choose from, these short, furrific pets love being outside and playing, and need to use up that energy! They sport many colors, so pick your favorite! You will fall for those big foldover ears which make you go aww!
Poodles are puptastic, and depending on your home space, they come in various sizes! These long-lived companions are popular with city and country lovers, and sport a fancy, almost no-shed coat which attracts those with allergies. Super friendly, they will be the talk of the town! Small, medium or large – any poodle pup is pawrific!
The Rottweiler is a hefty-sized pup with a hefty-sized heart. This popular breed is suited for any environment as space allows, and struts the confident nature they possess. Rotties play, swim, jog or just lay around, and easily adapt to their families. Super quiet with children, this guardian will always stand duty!
Petite and popular – what a great combination! Pick them up and go. No boundaries exist with this super flexible pup, with flowing coats that just need a bit of combing. Yorkies exude confidence that will warn you of trouble. Loving in nature, these long-lived, pawtastic pups can fit in a small carry bag, but stand tall among their peers.
Sports anyone? The German Shorthaired Pointer is a popular pup with any family, but loves to strut his stuff outdoors. A good search and hunting dog, they are fast and have an easy gait. These stunning pups look regal in any setting, and steal the show at the dog park. Their short coat makes them easily brushed, and their medium-tall physique fits well in any home location.